According to officials, around 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department and Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department were dispatched to a car fire located on Cory/Staunton Road near the mine property.
Meanwhile, Staunton Town Marshal Chuck Jones located two suspects, one of which was an unidentified juvenile, walking away from the area.
During questioning by Deputy Josh Krause, Cynthia A. Dwyer, 25, Terre Haute, initially misled authorities about her identity. She allegedly later admitted whom she was and that she had set the fire.
Dwyer was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on preliminary charges of arson, with a $25,000 cash bond issued (with no 10 percent allowed).
No information is available regarding whether allegations of any kind will be filed against the juvenile.
Investigators and the prosecutor's office prepared a Probable Cause Affidavit for review by Clay Circuit Court Judge Joseph Trout, who approved the formal charging of Dwyer.
According to jail officials, Dwyer remains incarcerated at the Justice Center while awaiting formal court proceedings.
CLARIFICATION July 9, 2010
ALLEGATIONS OF DELINQUENCY
According to information provided by the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, children are not typically charged with adult crimes. In legal matters involving a juvenile, "allegations of delinquency" are filed against a minor under the age of 18, while formal criminal allegations or charges are filed against adults 18-years or older. However, the allegations of delinquency can be linked to what potential crime could be charged if the child was an adult.
Once a juvenile is waived to adult court, they can potentially be charged as adult in any future criminal cases.